Michael John Sumner, Sr.

October 26, 2018
Michael John Sumner, Sr.

Michael John Sumner, Sr. passed away after a brief illness on October 26, 2018 at his home with his family by his side. He was born in Norfolk, VA and graduated from James Blair High School. He served in the United States Coast Guard during the Vietnam War. He retired from the papermill in West Point, VA. Michael loved his family with all of his heart! He is proceeded in death by his parents Garnett and Wayne, his siblings Janet and Larry. He is survived by his wife and best friend of 49 years, Brenda, their son Michael “Jr”, their daughter Amy “Pinky”, and their son in-law Dennis. He held a special place in his heart for his granddaughters, Claire “CB” and Korinne “Rinney-Roo”. He loved being a Husband, Father, Geepa, and Pops to so many. Michael enjoyed spending time at home with his family, friends and Labradors. He was known as the “Iceman” in his boating community where he enjoyed selling ice while visiting with neighbors, telling jokes and drinking cold beer. His hobbies included fishing, hunting, welding, restoring old items and making wind-chimes. There will be no services per Michael’s request. Contributions can be made in his memory to James City-Bruton Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 382, Toano, VA 23168.


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  • October 29, 2018
    Linda Wallace-Cody says:
    Amy you and your family are in my heart and mind. My condolences on the passing of your father.

  • October 29, 2018
    Bernie & Tina Thomas says:
    You will be missed but in our hearts forever. Love your Brother from another Mother, Bernie and Tina

  • November 06, 2018
    Katrina Warren says:
    Brenda and family, I am truly sorry for your loss. I will keep you all in Pray.

  • June 13, 2020
    michael stronski says:
    Sorry to hear about Mike's passing I served with mike at the Cape Charles Coast Guard Station in 72-73.

  • June 13, 2020
    michael stronski says:
    I served with Mike at Cape Charles Coast Guard Base in 72-73. so sorry to hear of his Passing.